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DETROIT LAKES -- How many people in this area can say they actually know an astronaut? Turns out several people from the Becker County area, thanks to Dominic Pudwill Gorie. Gorie is commanding officer on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, up in space right now on a historic 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Wayne Pudwill, Detroit Lakes, and his family has gone to Houston to see his first cousin's four either launches or landings from NASA.
A man of many trades when it comes to the entertainment business, Pelican Rapids graduate Bruce Arntson is bringing his hit Nashville show to Fargo next month.
Last week RDG Planning and Design presented city officials with a rough plan for the redevelopment area, North Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive. It included ideas filled with green space, a parking ramp and the possibility of turning the newly refurbished County Market/St. Mary's dialysis building into a town square of green space. Although plans were grand and beautiful, they also brought some speculation from Detroit Lakes Development Authority members and the general public. Not only was surprise expressed at the DLDA meeting about taking down the St.
After surveys, meetings and public feedback, RDG Planning and Design consultants Marty Shukert and Cory Scott presented ideas for the redevelopment of Detroit Lakes at the Development Authority Thursday morning -- which were met with a very positive response. "The big idea, which focuses around the location of a turbine, of all things, is the use of a crescent," Shukert said, referring to the city utility's electrical-generating turbine located near the police station, which won't be moved. He said the crescent idea is based on one he encountered this fall in Bethesda, Md.
At 3 and 4 months of age, it's hard for these puppies not to wrestle around and act like, well puppies. But these particular puppies have big responsibilities ahead of them. Certified as a field trainer for the Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota, Linda Livingston Wiedewitsch is helping train several puppies and their foster families. "We are in training, too," said Jenny Berube of Pelican Rapids. She has been working with Vern, a 4-month-old yellow lab, since Dec. 28.
DETROIT LAKES - If you're interesting in birding, now is the time to sign up for the 11th annual Festival of Birds in Detroit Lakes. Only two weeks into registration, 80 people have already registered, and some of the fieldtrips are already half full. This year's theme bird is the Connecticut Warbler, and field trip sites have been added in hopes of spotting one. "We'll be traveling to two sites where we think there's a good chance," festival organizer and Tourism Director Cleone Stewart said.
DETROIT LAKES - While the cleaning of sidewalks will be discussed further at next month's Detroit Lakes public works and city council meetings, there will likely be a nuisance ordinance going into effect for the next winter season. Earlier this winter, the issue was brought to light when postal employees refused to deliver mail to any residences where sidewalks were not shoveled, citing possible injuries as the reason. Then it became a question of whether or not the city should plow the sidewalks at all or leave it up to residents, who would be fined if the task was not completed in a tim
DETROIT LAKES - It's time to leave a legacy. The Frazee Area Arts Association is preparing for its 5th annual adult-oriented storytelling event, and adding a workshop this year to encourage others to leave their legacy to the next generations. Friday, March 28, storytellers will gather in the Frazee Event Center to present their concert of stories, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. There will also be dessert and coffee during intermission.
DETROIT LAKES - Cautious without being over-cautious.
DETROIT LAKES - Although the billboard issue was tabled at the Detroit Lakes City Council meeting Tuesday evening, discussion was heard, which caused more confusion and frustration. Alderman Matt Brenk, who also serves as Community Development Committee chair, made a motion Tuesday to table an amendment to the billboard ordinance and extend a moratorium until the May 13 council meeting. The amendment would limit size and number of billboards in the city. With no discussion allowed before the vote to table, aldermen Bruce Imholte, Leonard Heltemes and G.L.